Born in Germany, Chris Strachwitz came to the United States after World War II. He developed a love for roots and blues music and in 1960 established the indie record label, Arhoolie. He traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, and returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. Strachwitz brought performers such as bluesmen Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Tejano musicians Flaco Jiménez and Lydia Mendoza, Cajun greats Michael Doucet and the Savoy Family, and Zydeco king Clifton Chenier, into national and world prominence. Bonnie Raitt said, "It’s impossible to look at the history of blues, Cajun and Zydeco music without looking at Chris Strachwitz’ role. He’s a monumental figure.”
Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon produced and directed "This Ain’t No Mouse Music!" which tells the amazing story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. Released in 2013, the film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Jeffrey St. Clair called the film a “vivid portrait of an obsessive sonic sleuth” in which the filmmakers “take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into the very DNA of rock’n’roll. In this beautifully shot film, we come face to face with the creators of indigenous music…”
Maureen Gosling, who lived in Austin in the '70s, has been a documentary filmmaker for more than 30 years. Her work has often focused on themes of people and their cultural values, music as cultural expression, and the changing gender roles of men and women. Chris Simon has been an award-winning filmmaker for more than 25 years, producing independent documentaries through her Sageland Media. Gosling and Simon met while working with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Les Blank, with whom they collaborated on classic films such as "Gap-Toothed Women" and "Burden of Dreams."
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